Deformations of Symmetric Simple Modular Lie (Super)Algebras

Sofiane Bouarroudj, Pavel Grozman, Dimitry Leites

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We say that a Lie (super)algebra is “symmetric” if with every root (with respect to the maximal torus) it has the opposite root of the same multiplicity. Over algebraically closed fields of positive characteristics (up to 7 or 11, enough to formulate a general conjec-ture), we computed the cohomology corresponding to the infinitesimal deformations of all known simple finite-dimensional symmetric Lie (super)algebras of rank < 9, except for super-izations of the Lie algebras with ADE root systems, and queerified Lie algebras, considered only partly. The moduli of deformations of any Lie superalgebra constitute a supervariety. Any infinitesimal deformation given by any odd cocycle is integrable. All deformations corresponding to odd cocycles are new. Among new results are classifications of the cocycles describing deforms (results of deformations) of the 29-dimensional Brown algebra in characteristic 3, of Weisfeiler–Kac algebras and orthogonal Lie algebras without Cartan matrix in characteristic 2. Open problems: describe non-isomorphic deforms and equivalence classes of cohomology theories. Appendix: For several modular analogs of complex simple Lie alge-bras, and simple Lie algebras indigenous to characteristics 3 and 2, we describe the space of cohomology with trivial coefficients. We show that the natural multiplication in this space is very complicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031
JournalSymmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications (SIGMA)
StatePublished - 2023


  • Lie superalgebra cohomology
  • Lie superalgebra deformation
  • modular Lie superalgebra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Geometry and Topology


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